Several U.S. and Canadian livestock and meat groups are urging U.S. authorities to use a Harvard risk assessment on bovine spongiform encephalopathy, as one part of a series of steps to reopen the U.S. border to meat imports from Canada. The American Meat Institute, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Meat Association and the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association urged the Canadian and U.S. government officials to work to reopen the border in a letter.

The groups are hoping to resolve the situation by the end of July. The groups advocated a three-step process that would re-establish trade between the United States, Canada and the rest of the world, including:

  • USDA and Canadian Food Inspection Agency, along with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Health Canada, must determine, based upon science, the short, intermediate and long-term steps that need to be taken to re-establish trade in cattle, beef and beef products, while protecting public health and animal health for the long term.
  • All parties must communicate with our global trading partners, our respective governments, consumers’ groups and others in order to gain acceptance of these measures by the end of July or sooner.
  • The United States and Canadian border will be reopened to the movement of cattle, beef and beef products on the basis of the Harvard University BSE Risk Assessment.

American Meat Institute